Katherine Clark is a Trainee and member of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, this is her second season as a Trainee.
Q: wHY DID YOU BECOME A DANCER?
A: I have always been a bit shy. I was drawn to the fact that I could speak through movement rather than words. From a young age I felt very attached to my work and was grateful that each day I had something to work towards. I also felt that, out of all professions, being a ballet dancer is my way of giving back and connecting with society. I guess the fear of a desk job is a good motivator.
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?
A: I go to the gym and do Pilates. I also make sure I see a physical therapist if I notice an injury coming on.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT DANCING?
A: I take college classes during my time off. I went to college for a year before I came to KCB. Since then I’ve been trying to work towards a degree slowly. I find it refreshing to take my mind off ballet and challenge my thinking in other ways. I usually come back re-inspired and have more knowledge to incorporate into my work at the studio.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
A: Peanut Butter
Q: WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
A: The best advice I have been given would be to “find beauty in your struggle and to trust the process.” I have faced many obstacles as a dancer, but I am really glad that I have. I see how those days forced me to grow artistically, mentally, and physically. You learn a lot when you allow yourself to be vulnerable and as artists we have to become comfortable with being so open.
Top Photo by Savanna Daniels.